If a person in Florida has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, he or she is legally drunk. At this point, there is enough alcohol in the system to make it hard to react properly to changing road conditions. Younger adults are more prone to causing drunk driving accidents that result in death as opposed to older individuals. This is generally true even if they have had the same amount to drink.
There are many ways in which a person can experience injuries or die in a drunk driving accident. For example, one could be impaled by a piece of glass or otherwise struck by flying debris. It is also possible for an individual to strike a hard surface within the vehicle. Such a collision may result in internal bleeding or head injuries that result in death.
If a human body loses too much fluid too quickly, the heart will no longer be able to pump blood efficiently. In such a scenario, the body can go into shock, and it could lead to a person passing away. Blood loss typically occurs because of a deep wound or laceration. Some drunk driving accidents may be prevented through education programs and laws that create stiff penalties for driving under the influence.
Someone who is under the influence of alcohol is generally considered to be a negligent driver. He or she could be liable for any injuries or other damages caused in an accident. An injured driver, passenger or pedestrian may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Injured victims may also be entitled to compensation for lost future earnings if they are unable to return to work. An attorney can help an individual throughout the legal process.